Frank Ward

Frank Ward
Montgomery AL

12-inch Meade LightBridge Dobsonian Reflector
3-inch Celestron reflector

Special interest:  Deep space objects

AAS:  Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby? 

FW:  I have had an interest in astronomy since childhood -- but could use some "seasoning".  Majored in Physical Science , Troy State University, 1980.

AAS:  What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy? 

FW:  Started with books on astronomy at the public library and with early NASA missions in the sixties, as a child.

AAS:  Tell us a little about your family members; spouse? kids? siblings? significant other? 

FW:  Married 23 years, one son (6 years old).

AAS:  Can you tell us a little about your formal education? 

FW:  Two BS degrees: Physical Science in 1980 and Occupational Therapy (they do relate, really) in 1999.

AAS:  Do you have any pets? What kind?  How Many? 

FW:  Wife has two cats... can't claim them myself.

AAS:  Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation?   If you're still in school, have you chosen a career? 

FW:  I'm an Occupational Therapist with Alacare Home Health and Hospice of Montgomery.  Travel a bit from the Troy/Greenville offices.

AAS:  Besides astronomy, what  other hobbies do you enjoy? 

FW:  Some wood working.

AAS:  What was your first or favorite car? 

FW:  First was a Chevy Impala.  Favorite is my 2003 Camry V-6.

AAS:  What was your first or most interesting job? 

FW:  First job was working at a grocery store, in high school.  Most interesting is my present position.

AAS:  Tell us about your favorite vacation. 

FW:  Trip to British Columbia, Canada in 1998.  Took train through Canadian Rockies.

AAS:   Have you ever lived in some other part of the U.S. or another country?  Where?  When? 

FW:  Dallas TX for four years in the nineties.  We are from the Dothan area, originally.

I started gazing at the heavens as a boy and went on to study physics in college.  Aced the astronomy course.  I enjoy sharing my limited knowledge with others who show interest, especially the young.  I have already begun with my son who can spot Venus almost before I can.